I was thinking the same and said Acura did not need to badge a pickup truck the Honda Ridgeline name was all that was required. The tech stuff is what I wanted along with acoustic windshield along a little Torque Vectoring LED headlights driving aids ect. I was looking at 2014 MDX and said this would be my next vehicle but would prefer a Ridgeline with like features. The Pilot came along and had some features. It doesn't have everything but just about enough stuff for me.Having just bought a 2016 Accord Touring, I am really liking the 'Accord-ish' interior on the RTL-E. I always wished there was an Acura version of the Ridgeline with top-of-the line technology, comfort, features and Super Handling All Wheel Drive. The RTL-E delivers all of that and a heated steering wheel to boot (yes, I am actually looking forward to toasty, warm hands in the winter).
Of course, I'll have to pay off the Accord first, so I'm hoping there will be a refresh of the 2nd Gen Ridgeline and the few things I don't love on the 2nd Gen. will be addressed by the time I'm ready to buy one.
#1 Front end styling looks to be styled by a committee, some lights are square, some are round, some are split by the grill 'wing'. Yuck.
#2 Honda brags about the flat floor in the back seat and then covers up the flat floor with the great storage 'pan' in the front with a console. Unless they stashed the subwoofer in there, it looks like wasted space under the new shifter and cup holders to me. Maybe there will be a ginormous 'Not an Ashtray' there on future models .
#3 It would be really nice if Honda could squeeze a just a few more MPG out of the Ridgeline, maybe an 8, 9, or 10-speed transmission would be available in a few years to boost highway mileage.
#4 Locking tailgate.
Well, that's my wishlist. Fingers crossed....
I want the Black Edition Ridgeline don't mind black vehicle already have Black Acura. Red lined perforated seats something I would just try.